At schools, art studios, and museums across the city, Minneapolis Community Education fosters not only fun and practical skillsets, but also a sense of togetherness for students and teachers alike. While standing in a gym full of exercising neighbors, director Jack Tamble explained the social element of his organization, stating, “Community education is more than just about learning. When people gather together like they're doing behind me in this room, they get to know each other, and they really get to enjoy living in Minneapolis.” The network of community-recruited teachers has been serving the area for more than 40 years, and today teaches various skills ranging from basic computer navigation and multicultural cooking to advanced woodworking and fluency in Pig Latin.
At Claymate Creations, Anjee Mai Emerson celebrates her two passions: art and play. Inspired by her joy in creating sculptures, she uses her colorful creation haven to share that love with students aged 8 and older. She leads them in shaping polymer clay monster sculptures, motivating them to tap into their imaginations to bring one-eyed green gremlins or self-destructive socialites to life. In each three-hour playshop class or private party, up to six guests gather in this casual learning environment. Anjee encourages them to have fun playing with clay while they flex their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
She also showcases her own work throughout the studio, and sells her handmade monsters, earrings, magnets, and stationery at a handful of local boutiques.
The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper, a graduate school of fine arts and architecture, sharpen students? understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, the school's MFA program in ecological architecture guides participants through such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, getting toes wet in various forms of art including brass sculpture and reshaping crowbars into clef notes.
A fully licensed and certified safety company, Twin Cities Safety equips students with the tools and knowledge to potentially save lives. The CPR and AED courses?led by a firefighter with real-world experience?teach students how to provide basic care for breathing, cardiac emergencies, and sudden illnesses, at least until advanced medical personnel arrive to take over or conduct an extravagant award ceremony. Twin Cities Safety also offers first aid and safety courses for treating wounds, fractures, and other common injuries. These particular classes can even be modified to focus on a specific subject, such as sports-related ailments.
Owner and stained-glass enthusiast Judy assembles custom pieces for cabinets, doors, and windows, as well as hanging decorations including address signs, reproductions of drawings, and flower mosaics. In her introductory classes, students create easy-to-follow designs, such as a three-dimensional Moravian star. Judy teaches pupils the basics, from cutting and soldering glass to comforting elderly glass with stories of a promised afterlife as beach sand.
Aveda Institute is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your surface area aches for tending, from your freshly sore Olive Oyl tattoo to the love-bite scars from your pet gull. During your session, the Institute’s future superstar stylists and cosmetologists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's organic, bio-safe products. A botanical hair and scalp therapy ($35) douses winter-weary follicles with a deep moisturizing and strengthening hair and scalp treatment, followed by a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry. Otherwise, put your best face forward with an Elemental Nature self-renewal facial ($50) or makeup application ($15), or pamper your handy arm paddles and toe holsters with an Elemental Nature manicure ($15) and pedicure ($20). Maintain the grounds of your scalp lawn with a shampoo, haircut, and blow-dry ($15), style ($10), and gloss ($10), while pulling weeds from other parts of the body with a waxing ($10–$35).